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Gateway of India
This is the most important attraction of Mumbai and often the starting point of tourists. This was built by the British in the 1913 to mark the visit of George V and Queen Mary to then Bombay. This arch or gateway was inspired from the Triumpg Arc of Italy. This was a place from where most of the tourists from the West started their journeys during the British time. After the Colonial Raj ended, this monument was Indianized and now is a tourist hotspot. the gateway faces the Arabian sea and is also flanked by the beautiful Marine Drive. It is said that the last British ships, when they left India started from here as the British loved this place and it is till now a symbol of their victory over India though the Indians have now changed the notion along with the name of the city to Mumbai. The monument has four turrets and intricate designs on stone blocks to make up the whole structure. the architecture is mainly Indo- Sarcenic with touches of typical Gujrati architectural styles. The Gateway stands strong as the symbol of grandeur of the city as well as the blend of old and modern cultures here.
Also referred to as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai, the Gateway of India is the city's biggest tourist attraction. Built during the British rule, this monument was as a gateway or entrance way to British governors and other prominent people. Over the years, it's gotten incredibly packed with tourists. It lies facing the Arabian Sea, and you can also catch a glimpse of the Taj Hotel, which stands nearby.
After my visit to the college, they told me my Interview has been re-scheduled for the next morning so, I called for a cab and asked him to take me to the Gateway of India, which was surprisingly not too far. The driver knew it was my first time there and so he offered me to take me sightseeing. Oh! The Gateway of India, even though i’ve been to India Gate in Delhi all my life to celebrate patriotism. Mumbai has its own charm, it lays easy claim to the crowd of India and the ferry ride makes you want to burn and wait for atleast 2hours in line.
This would be the logical place to begin your tour. After all, you're following in the footsteps of royalty! The Gateway of India is a major tourist hub in the city, which is located at Apollo Bunder Waterfront in Southern Mumbai. This monument was built to welcome King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai and years later, the last horde of British troops left India through this gateway. This is probably the place which will give you the feel of a tourist and after some great pictures and watching the pigeons, you can move on to your next place of visit. Address: Apollo Bunder, behind Regal Cinema and Bombay Museum, near Colaba Causeway Stroll down the seafront and check the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Overlooking the Gateway of India with a panoramic view of the bay, the Taj has played an intrinsic part in the life of the city, hosting Maharajas, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe.
The iconic structure at Colaba “Gateway of India”, with the sea with a fleet of ferries, it’s beautiful. The roads are wide and nice, in the morning there isn’t much crowd. It’s a nice small stretch for a nice stroll to wake up J. I usually take a few rounds and just see the lovely view.
The Gateway of India is very close to colaba and is one of the most visited place by the tourists here. The Elephanta caves is situated very near to the Gateway and one can use a motor boat to go to Elephanta where the statues of Shivaji and Swmai Vivekanand has been constructed just at the entrance. It looks very beautiful at night and you love the cool breeze here. The most unique element of the place are the pigeons, the photographers who click your picture and instantly give them, the person selling umbrellas, snacks, cotton candy, balloons and chanas for the pigeons. It's one place where you can obsereve so many things.
Built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai, Stands right Next to the Taj Mahal. Both the structure are the coolest. Even this magnificent structures light display changes from time to time. And if you visit it during monsoon., you'll get drenched.
This monument was constructed by the British to commemorate the landing of Emperor George V and Queen Mary in India. The boulevard at the front of this architectural wonder is crowded with tourists throughout the year. On the other side of this boulevard is the famous edifice of The Taj Hotels.
From marine drive, i took a taxi to gate way of india. I have been here before, lot of times with my brother when i was a kid and i have never seen it to be a quiet place. There are always 2000 people in any direction. You can feed the pigeons, walk around taj hotel, take a horse cart ride or get your picture clicked with this beautiful monument.
THE BOAT RIDEThe boat journey is itself part of the experience, with so many things to see that time flies past. This is one of the few places in Mumbai, where you can see flocks of seagulls at any time of the day!THE ISLANDThe island itself was originally known as Gharapuri. It is believed to have been the capital of the Konkan Mauryas, and the name literally means ‘fort city’. The only village here which is still inhabited is known by the same name. The name ‘Elephanta’ came from the Portuguese, who landed here and saw a huge stone elephant guarding the entrance to the holy cave-shrines. (For those who are interested, this elephant was broken down by the Portuguese who found them, but the pieces have been reconstructed, and the elephant is on display at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum at Byculla)Once we reached the island, there was a mad rush for the toy train. Yes, there is a tiny toy train which takes us to the foot of the hills. It costs Rs. 10 for the return journey, but takes less than 5 minutes, and isn’t really worth all that rush! That means it is really very slow. :pHISTORYThe caves at Elephanta are believed to date back to the sixth century, to the reign of the Konkan Mauryas, who were vassals of the Chalukyas. The island was then known as ‘Sripuri’. Unlike the caves at Badami, which were built for the kings, or those at Ajanta, which were built by monks, the caves here - according to the ASI booklet – were patronized by merchants and traders! The caves apparently looked so impressive, that the Portuguese, who captured the islands in 1540, couldn’t believe that these were the work of human hands! There are various stories told about why the caves and the sculptures were defaced – while some say it was done because the Portuguese thought them to be the work of demons, some say that it was simply an attempt to destroy the Hindu influence in the area. However, it no longer matters WHY the caves were defaced and sculptures destroyed. What is important is to ensure that we do no more damage.The main caveThere are seven rock cut caves in all, but the first is the most important one, and the only one really worth a watch. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, every available wall is covered with images of Lord Shiva in various postures or depicting stories related to him.A little off centre is a huge temple with a lingam inside. There are entrances on all the four sides, with 8 dwarapalakas or guards at the corners. It is an impressive sight, and I had to remind myself that all this had been carved out of the rocks… not built!At one time, this temple may have been the hub of prayers to the Lord, resounding with the echoes of chants and devotional music, but today, this temple comes alive just once a year – on MahaShivaratri – when permissions have been given for prayers to be performed.
The best way to go around the city is to rent a bicycle so that you can stop at everything you fancy. Taking from the 'gyaan' imparted to me generously by my relative,  I can tell you that Woodside Inn in Colaba (find it on google maps) rents you bicycles. But I chose to drive around in my relatives car, because October was still too hot and humid for me and 11:00 AM looked like noon. The traffic was disciplined and strangely no one was fuming. People here have figured out how to make use of the time spend in traffic I guess.We had a quick breakfast from a small eatery (could not note the name) and headed straight to Gateway of India. The drive was slow, but not boring to an outsider. After a short drive emerges, with all it's glory, the Gateway of India and you know you have reached the heart of the city with a beat that resonates with the thousand hearts who are on the scene. Marvellous!! An architectural delight, The Gateway of India was built in the 1960s and served as the entrance point to dignitaries and common man alike from it's five entry point. Click pictures, and be sure to, because if you don't have a picture of it, you are missing out on a free souvenir.
There is many places in mumbai where you can spend your weekend with friends and family. But if you love nature and need relief from hustle life of mumbai elephanta caves are one of the best places for such traveller.Elephanta is an island far away about 10 km from Gateway of india inside the arabian sea. It is famous for it's rock cut caves. Archaeologist believes that caves were carved in 5th or 8th centuries ago. The site is also recognised by UNESCO as world heritage Site that's reason you may find many foreign tourist at site.
What have you seen in Mumbai, if you haven't seen The Gateway of India? It is the insignia of the city, and there's no way you can afford to miss this historic site. Originally used as a crude jetty used by the fishing community, the site was renovated in 1924 to its current form. It began to be used as a dropping point for all influential personalities coming to Mumbai via the Arabian Sea.4 PM
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It was almost some two hours for me here. So I called my one friend back from school, he is completing his MBA at St. Xavier's college (yes! Where 'Jaane tu ya jaane na' got shooted). So he came and we went to mcD somewhere near and then I tried some local food while walking towards his college and those foods were yumm!! and cheap at the same time! I tried vada pav (famous thing there! ), Dahi vada, etc. And then we reached the college, I saw a bit of it and left after saying bye to my friend!
After Hajji Ali the next stop was Gateway of India. It was evening when we reached there. The taxi ride was about 3o min and I can say that it was one of the best rides I have ever had. Passing through Marine Drive, the sun is setting. Sky was orange, sun touching the sea and the orange light coming from behind huge buildings. While traveling to Gateway of India we had chance to see Lata ji’s house, Ambani's house (which has 20 stories and only 5 people live their), Bombay high court, church gate etc.I would like to share one thing, no matter how tired or sleepy you feel while sitting in a taxi don't sleep you'll miss a lot of things. Just see outside it's worth it especially when you are visiting the place for the first time. We reached Gateway of India around 6:30 - 7 PM the sun was set. It's a beautiful architecture, do sit there for a while and enjoy the sea. Also get photographs clicked from the local photographer at the place. I know we may know better photography skills, but still it's a best way to keep memories. We may have hundreds of photographs in our DSLR or mobile phones but this single photograph we can keep with ourselves always. I got one clicked.
Gateway of IndiaRight from our childhood Gateway of India is a well heard pride of India. But I just got the chance to visit it recently. My visit to the Gateway of India was not intentional, all thanks to foodie me and my friends. This foodie nature actually helped us for good. Our search for Mughalai food ended up in the Baghdadi hotel in Colaba, which is 6 minutes by walking away from the Gateway of India. The Baghdadi hotel is famous for their roti and Mughalai non veg dishes. We reached Colaba by 8 at night and decided to take a glance at the legendary monument and then fill up our tummy. The famous Taj hotel is situated just in front of the Gate of India.The iconic Gateway of India was built to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bundar, when they visited India in 1911.This monument has witnessed an important moment of independent India, the last British ship to England left from the Gateway.Later we went to our most awaited destination, Baghdadi hotel. The owner claims that the eatery has been serving food for the past 125years. It is considered as one the oldest restaurants in Mumbai. It is a small restaurant with immense varieties of food. The funny thing that I found was that the popular Baghdadi hotel that was situated in the metropolitan city of India still don't accept payment by credit cards .Every dishes here is reasonable and more over it is finger-licking. I would personally suggest the epicure to try out this restaurant without any second thought. For more details please check my blog: http://experiencedroads.com/
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Gateway Of India – One of most popular tourist places in Mumbai
Marine Drive may be a picturesque promenade in Kochi, Kerala, India. It engineered facing the backwaters, and may be a widespread resort for the native people. Ironic to its name, no vehicles area unit allowed on the walk. Marine Drive is additionally associate economically thriving a part of town of Kochi. With many searching malls it's as a crucial centre of searching activity in Kochi. Major alimentation joints, as well as Marrybrown, DiMark, coffee house area unit gift on the walk. The read of the setting and rising sun over the ocean mouth, and therefore the gentle wind from the Vembanad Lake has created Marine Drive a crucial holidaymaker destination in Kochi. Hundreds of individuals both natives and tourists throng the walk throughout the evenings. The walk starts from the tribunal Junction and continues till the Rajendra Maidan. There are many boat jetties on the walk. The walk has two contemporarily created bridges, the Rainbow bridge and the Chinese net Bridge.
As the sun sets over the Arabian Sea, the lights come up on Marine Drive (a.k.a. "the Queen's Necklace").The first thought that comes to my mind when someone says Mumbai is Marine Drive ( its a clash b/w Shahrukh Khan and Marine Drive for me ). The ambiance around this place is intoxicating and addictive. once you are hooked you will find it almost impossible to detach and move away. Marine Drive is a 4.3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai. It is a 'C'-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast. A perfect place for your evening stroll, sit and watch the tides go back and forth with a cup of coffee easily available on the promenade.
Drive by or sit on the ledge of Marine Drive, one of the popular hubs of Mumbai-kers. If you've had a long day, or just feel to lazy to roam around, Marine Drive is the perfect place to breathe in the salty ocean air, and just relax. The Queen's Necklace, or the city skyline, lights up like a thousand dazzling lights, as the city buzzes with life at night. Though it gets a bit crowded throughout the day, early morning is the best time to find some space.
Marine Drive and Nariman Point Sea is the most fascinating for Mumbai peoples and Marine Drive( also known as Queen’s Necklace) is the life blood of Mumbai.In the evening it is fully lighted and the view of the sea is breath taking. It will be crowded all the time. If you will walk from marine drive then at the end you will reach Nariman point. It is Mumbai’s premier and worlds 15th costliest business district. Some call it as “Manhattan of Mumbai”. Its a must visit place. Also, a prime location for shooting of Bollywood films. Entry fee: NIL Recommended length of Visit: Unlimited How to Reach: Get down at Church gate Station(Take the road which leads to Ambassador Hotel) Tips: After Sunset or Early Morning.(Spend the night here)
Marine Drive is the jewel of Bombay. You can experience the entire city in front of you by just sitting lazily at Marine drive enjoying the cool breeze and the sea. Sunset at Marine Drive is the most beautiful sunset you can witness in Mumbai. The skyline bursts with beautiful mauve, cream, orange and yellow shades.
The place that people identify Mumbai with. A really long stretch that welcomes everyone from lovers/ walkers/ sky gazers/ silence seekers. The place can fit any mood. It can liven up a happy day. Or the long stretch of water can make one think deep about one’s life.
2:30pm - Marine Drive (Chowpatty): THERE! I sit down by the edge and take several deep breaths. I've finally reached the planned final destination and I can't feel more blissful. I've finally walked for almost 65 km through the city, and finished what I had started 7 hours 45 minutes earlier.
Marine Drive is a 4.3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai in the city of Mumbai. It is a 'C'-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast, which is a natural bay. The road links Nariman Point to Babulnath and Malabar Hill. Marine Drive is situated over reclaimed land facing west-south-west. A promenade lies parallel to this road. Marine Drive is also known as the Queen's Necklace because, if viewed at night from an elevated point anywhere along the drive, the street lights resemble a string of pearls in a necklace. In 2012, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai announced that the entire road would be resurfaced, 72 years after it was originally laid.
Who doesn't know Marine Drive!?
After covering elephanta caves, i made my way back to marine drive to see sunset. And on my way there, i fulfilled my third wishlist for this trip. I got my VADA PAV. Now i can leave mumbai with inner peace. When i reached marine drive this time, it was completely different sight in terms of crowd. A stretch that long, and no place to sit facing sea. There were friends, families, couples, guy groups. I was just one girl, sure it won't ask for too much space to squeeze in ;)
2. Marine Drive Beach
There can be no fitting conclusion to your Mumbai sojourn than at this place, which defines the feeling of this city perfectly. The Queen's Necklace at the Marine Drive is where you should ideally end up on Sunday night with your friends by your side and unlimited conversations to tend to. This is the pinnacle of Mumbai.I promise you that if you follow this itinerary, you will go back with immense love for Mumbai in your heart. Do write about your Mumbai experiences, we'd love to hear from you!Cheers!
Our last stop of day 2 was Marine Drive, a 3.5km long boulevard in South Mumbai. A palm lined promenade lays next to a 6 lane concrete road which runs along the coast around anatural semi circle shaped bay. It links Nariman Point to Babulnath and Malabar Hill. At night when viewed from any elevated point along the drive the street lights give the illusion of a string of pearls. This is where it's alternative name, the ' Queens Necklace ' originates from. We enjoyed our early evening stroll here, it had a lovely atmosphere with people out walking, jogging and sitting on the promenade walls chatting and socialising. It seemed to be a favourite of young couples out for a romantic evening, there was lots of hand holding and canoodling going on. Following our rip off taxi tour the previous day we decided to find our own metered taxi's for the third days sightseeing of North Mumbai. We would have preferred to use a rickshaw but these are banned inside the Coloba area so a taxi was the only option. Elco Pani Puri Centre Much to our fellow diner's amusement Andy and I couldn't get the hang of punching the hole in the top without completely crushing the Puri's. We were making such a mess of it the waiter took pity of us and swiftly prepared each one for us. It was a fun and tasty food experience; I'd highly recommend not leaving Mumbai without giving it a try!
If you are visiting Mumbai then this is one hell of place to just grab a drink and have a chat with your buddy. It was already 9 by then. So we headed to Marine Drive. Spending the late evening time at Marine Drive was 1 of the "Things to Do" on my checklist. And this was it to mark it checked! Words are not enough to explain the beauty and peace that place has. Also the romantic feel of the place. Though this time it wasn't appropriate. We sat there for a while, facing the Arabian Sea, with the cool breeze caressing our tired faces. Soon we were refreshed and decided to stroll along the drive. We had a quite good time watching around, you know what I mean. After a series of quite giggles we decided to leave and headed back home. It was late by the time we reached home and went off to sleep. After the full day of tiredness we couldn't make it up for the next day roaming plan. We spent the whole day with Laxmi Kaki and family. And eve we left for Pune with a bunch of memories in our hearts and photos in our cameras
After I was done (not literally, just for the day :D ) with marine drive, I took a taxi (like how it is auto , they have sharing taxis) and went towards Gateway of India! Again, its not far.. Just some 15 minutes away. I stayed there for a while and clicked pictures. There is Taj hotel as well. Plus there is one Elephanta caves you may go if you want, they will charge 250 Rs. and will take you towards that through a ferry or kinda boat and you must dedicate 3-5 hours for that because it will take 1 hour to go and another 1 hour to comeback and now it depends on you how much time you wanna spend there also depends on for how much time the ferry wala wants you to be there! I dint go to elephanta caves because I dint hv that much time, but hey! here are some pics for Gateway of India:
Bandra-Worli Sea Link
Also known as the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, this is a cable stay bridge which was erected by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation. This bridge links Bandra on the Western Suburbs of Mumbai and Worli in South Mumbai. In future this bridge is suppossed to link the Western Suburbs of Mumbai to Nariman Pint, which is the business district of Mumbai. This bridge reduces traveling time by about half an hour.
The bandra-worli sea link is something you CAN NOT miss, if you do your mumbai trip remains incomplete. It crosses the arabian sea and connects the suburban area of Mumbai with south Mumbai. Its an engineering marvel and drive through this bridge is a must!
Bandra worli sealinkWhen an unexpected four hours was left for us, my colleagues and I started searching for places near to Chatrapathi Sivaji airport, Mumbai .The only thought in our mind was to kill time. Somehow our eyes got struck at Bandra Worli Sealink which was hardly 10km away from the airport.We rented a car for two hours from airport and set out for the Mission kill-time, but it turned out to be a mesmerizing journey. On the way, we tasted the famous Indian burger, vadapav. We owe a huge thanks to our driver for suggesting us the vadapav in Samrat shop .From there we had hot spicy cheesy vadapav. This will fill tummy without emptying your pocket. No wonder why vadapav is the mostly consumed food in Mumbai.After gulping our food we continued our rove.A long distance sight of the sealink surely gave us the credit of right choice. I personally felt that this link is a boon for the people in Mumbai. The travel from Bandra to Worli used to take more than 45 minutes and massive traffic was a cherry on top. Now the time of travelling has turn down to 7-10 minutes.This spectacle eight lane cable stayed bridge which is officially known as Rajiv Gandhi sea link has become paramount for Mumbai .Personally I would tell the best time to visit here is at dusk hours, when the whole Mumbai is lighted up by the street lights. The best part of Mumbai is that she never sleeps, she is not bothered whether the sun is up or down or right on her face. The late night view of this architectural wonder embellished with light is worth watching. It made me feel proud that my country hold this marvellous architectural wonder.Google gave me a detailed information about this architectural marvel. This cable stayed tower weighs 50000 African elephants. I was stupefied to hear that if the cable wire used in the construction was kept in length then it could be as the circumference of the earth. That is probably a difficult fact to digest. It was joint venture of many skilled teams across various countries like India, Canada, China, Indonesia etc. The expenditure of this project which started as Rs13 billion then later ballooned to Rs16 billion. The sea link construction started in 2000 and was completed in 2010.It is for sure that the sea link is an amazing frame for all shutterbugs and one of the most commonly used film shooting spot.
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Haji Ali Mosque
This is a mosque which was constructed in 1431 and is an extremely popular one on the city of Mumabi as well as the whole world. It is said that whoever comes and prays here whole heartedly gets the blessings of the lord no matter what caste and religion you belong to. The magical charm and peace of this place makes you come here again and again. There was once a very wealthy merchant named Sayeed pir haji Ali Shah Bukhari who left all his wealth and desires before he went on Haj from Bukhari in present day Uzbekistan. He is said to have travelled continuously till the middle of the 15th century when at last he settled in Mumbai. One day he saw a lady on the road sitting with an empty vessel and crying badly. On being asked by him, the lady replied that her husband will thrash her when she reaches home as she had dropped all the oil she had bought on the road. The peer asked her to take him to the spot where she had dropped the oil and then he just touched the mud and the oil came back to the vessel the lady was bolding. Later that night the peer had a dream in which lord appeared and told him that he was very angry with his deed. This is when the peer out of remorse fell ill and instructed his followers to carry his coffin till the Arabian Sea and on the way he died. Surprisingly after his coffin was floated, it came back and got stuck around the islets near the shore. This is where the haji Ali Dargah was constructed about 500 meters away from the Worli Coast. The Qawwalis or the religious songs sung here by Muslim artistes are soulful and magically refreshing.
1:30pm - Sea-shore, Haji Ali: I am walking along the coast, and suddenly, a little kid emerges from among the rocks below, playing and skipping rocks randomly. I would think twice before skipping these rocks. Seeing him, though temporarily, all of my weariness vanishes in a giffy.
The Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most iconic insignias of secularism in Mumbai. A fantastic example of the Indo-Islamic architecture, the Dargah was constructed in 1431 and contains the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. The journey all the way to the shrine is an experience in itself, since the dargah is located in the middle of the Worli Bay. The causeway to reach the dargah is about a kilometre long but is not broad, and hence ends up getting submerged during the high tides making the dargah completely inaccessible during those times. Like most Muslim shrines, this structure is also whitewashed and the tomb on the inside is covered with the trademark red and green blanket.6 PM
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People of all religions are welcomed into the mosque which means it can get busy at times. Despite this it's a calm, peaceful place to visit and the whitewashed building itself is quite impressive. There's also a nice view of Mumbai from behind the mosque. Marine Drive and The 'Queens Necklace'
The next stop after talking to the taxi driver was Haji Ali. I don't know the history behind it (Better read about it). It's full of crowd. Devotes keep on coming the whole day. It was afternoon when we had reached their. The view is beautiful when one walks towards the Dargha and I believe the view becomes more beautiful and peaceful in evening during sunset. I would suggest to go there around 4-5 pm and have some time in your hand so that you can enjoy the sunset and live the moment. Don't forget to eat and drink milkshakes and deserts from the shop next to the way where Haji Ali starts, it's on the main road only.One thing, as you know Bombay is a huge city it requires a lot of traveling from one place to another. While on my way to Hajji Ali for the first time in my life I had seen sea. I don't have words to express my feelings, what I would suggest is that being in that moment. Also talk to local people or taxi drivers they are the best people to tell you about the city and will suggest a lot of things. Not only this they will share their experiences, challenges encountered by them on daily bases. The next stop was Laxmi Temple just next to Hajji Ali. I don't know much about the temple, the cab driver suggested us to visit so we did. I am not a religious person. But i believe that one should visit places that do not excite them, who know what’s waiting for you there. Surprises are best.
01. The Dargah is a tomb and a mosque that is named after Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, one of the greatest muslim saint of his time.
It is located in East Mumbai and is popular because of the Elephanta caves,which is carved completely out of rock and is about 10kms from the east coats of Mumbai.
Gharapuri is the name by which Elephanta caves were known prior to the arrival of Portugese. The present name can be attributed to the stone structure of elephant which was carved out of stone. From then the island came to be known by the name Elephanta caves.
This island harbors the famous caves which are dedicated to the worship of the Deities of Hinduism. Previously known as Gharapuri (meaning "The City Of Caves"), the island was subsequently renamed as "The Elephanta Island" by the Portuguese, during the start of their colonial rule in India. The images of the Deities have been carved out on the cave walls and are a subject of great interest among archaeological scholars and researchers. The skill and dedication of the builders can be estimated from these sculptures as well as the other intricate designs on the walls and pillars of the cave. It brought to my mind, the impression of a temple. In fact, if you want, you are still allowed to light an earthen lamp (as is the style) in front of the Shivling. There is no reason to be extra careful (while inside the caves) as there are no underground tunnels or hidden stairways.
This is one such place where one gets to see multiple caves in just one trip. The place, being a world heritage now, is well maintained. The feeling one gets after reaching this place is priceless if you are a history lover. Apart from visiting the caves, one also gets a chance to trek Canon hill situated on this island. Travelling part is also an adventurous one as the only way to get into this island known as Gharapuri island is through sea. So the view one gets while leaving the Gateway of India, crossing another tiny island called as Butcher island (controlled by Navy), to the fascinating view of sea and hills while approaching this island is totally a rich experience. Take a toy train after reaching the island which takes you till the footsteps of the caves. One has to then climb 120 steps to reach the caves. Overall a visit to this place is an enthralling one.
From gate way of india, i got ticket for elephanta caves in 150 rs up & down. Interestingly, the ticket person did try to judge me & suspected i am a terroist(OK i am exaggerating) because i was alone. But that kind off says a thing about how people around fear i think. It was half an hour ferry to reach & then a few stairs to climb up. One need to buy ticket since it is UNESCO site.
If you have not visited Elephanta Island off the coast of Mumbai, you have not truly experienced the culture, historicity and beauty of India. The island is home to the mystical Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is not difficult getting to the island from downtown Mumbai. Foreigners visit this place in large numbers because it is a gateway to the distinct cultures and religion of our country, the caves have preserved this heritage in the most wonderful manner and that is why people from far far away visit this place to get a better insight of what it is . There are a number of stalls on the islands which specialize in the trade of idols, handicrafts, local material, and several other stuff which are manufactured locally by the people who are inhabitant of that place. One thing in particular which is indelible is the ferry ride or cruise ride which one takes from the Gateway of India. The ride is one hell of a journey as the route through which the ferry goes is quite scenic and incredible. On the route one gets to see different big ships docked on the dockyards. The ride is something one can always cherish always as it is quite different from the daily traditional modes of transport which people take to reach their destinations.So,Whenever you visit Mumbai, and precisely the Gateway Of India, try to visit this wonderful place situated on an island and explore something which is beyond the reach of many people.For more detailsAnjalisahrawat21@gmail.comAlso, don't forget to share your experience after paying a visit. Wish you an amazing trip xD
Now our boat reached near to elephanta island. here you can found many other passenger boats passed through island. At port there is mini train service is available which take you near of entrance of cave ticket window. From that station you should start walking in whole trip. It like trekking trip. During that time don't forget to taste spicy sour but tasty appetizers from local vendors.
From railway station pathway towards cave started. During that i found many local vendor who were selling artifacts from sea shells and statue of indian artifacts. You don't worry about food there are many stalls and restaurant where you can take meals from veg to Non- veg sea food. There were one restaurant near ticket window of caves supported by Maharashtra Tourism Development corporation (MTDC). Really they serve tasty food in reasonable price. Chilled beer also available there so say cheers to Elephanta.
While travelling in India, you can’t help but notice that there are many unexplored parts of the Indian terrain that will leave you breathless. I have travelled to the north and south of the country and at every step, I find a slight change in my surrounding. These changes are either related to the weather conditions, food items and topography. Many aspects of India have not yet been commercialized and you can still find natural beauty here. When it comes to exploring the Indian caves not many might pop up in your head. Apart from religious caves like Vaishno Devi and Amarnath, Ajanta, Ellora and Elephanta caves are the ones that we are very well aware of. Let me throw some light on a few caves of India that are not so famous yet beautiful:
As it was already sunny there, we decided to go check Elephanta caves first, so we headed towards the ferryboat dock. We got into one, and the ferry journey started which lasted for one hour, surrounded by water. Seeing the mighty boats, the birds swinging around. Well two photographers together, we had to do a bit of clicking. And we did capture some awesome moments.
Gateway of India is the only accessible route to Elephanta Caves. If travelling by local, then CST is the station from where you can travel upto Gateway by cab. From the back of the Gateway, one can purchase a ticket for 2 way journey availing boat service for Rs 180. The last boat to leave from Elephanta Caves is 5.30pm, please note.The boat ride is a full 1 hr 15 mins journey. On the way only things to do are munch chips and feed the sea gulls, chat n gossip, click pictures or fall asleep!
An hour-long ferry ride from the Gateway of India across the Arabian Sea will transport you to this exquisite island in the Mumbai Harbour. The Elephanta caves are rock-cut cavities the style of which is connected to the cult of Shiva. You can also take it as an opportunity for a one day trip near Mumbai. On arrival, you will also come across a local flea market during the uphill trek. If you want to laze around, take a walk around the island or simply lounge on the warm sand by the beach. This is one of the best picnic spots near Mumbai.Timings: You need to take a ferry to reach this island. The first ferry to Elephanta caves leaves at 9am and the last one leaves at 2pm. Credit- Flickr
This beach is one of the most popular as well one of the most post beaches of the country. You can find many celebrity houses and bungalows on the beachfront. This is also a favored location for movie shootings. This is not an ideal beach to swim as the place is very crowded. You can rather enjoy other activities here such as beach games, cricket matches, small picnics, horse and donkey rides, etc. The largest Koli community of Maharshtra stays in a place known as Versove which is at the northern end of the Juhu Beach.
It is the most famous beach of Bombay.Many artises like Mahesh Bhatt,Salim-Suleman and many others have their offices here.Many famous bollywood personalities' house is also present here like that of The Bacchans,Kishore Kumar,Anil Kapoor,Rani Mukherjee and many others.
If you're the adventurous kind, you can go for a stroll on Juhu Beach. The wind will be cold and the ambience will be authentic Mumbaiya. Just sit here for a couple of hours and find yourself engulfed by the spirit of Mumbai.
While living in busy cities close to the beaches, we rarely visit the beach area at the time on the verge of Sunset. The Magic Hour, is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky. This nature's phenomenon is a visual treat for people living on or visiting the beaches towards the western coastline of any country in the world. The picturesque view can be observed from everywhere on the beach possible, but is more prominent from a certain height and distance from the beach, so that the shadows and the reflection can be observed carefully and registered to the eye nerves more prominently. With a perfect time, a perfect mood, a perfect gadget, a perfect battery and a perfect timing,I happen to freeze this moment with two friends enjoying their breezy stroll at the Juhu Beach, Mumbai.(ref location: on the backside beach are of Novotel and the the Sun and Sand Hotel).Next time, don't forget to take a walk (with your loved one!) to the beach on the western coasts next time during the evening.If you've done, or have seen, please do let me know to share your moment of happiness!
Juhu Beach is one of the most famous and most visited beach in Mumbai. This is one of the best places to visit in Mumbai with friends. A long walk along the seashore, watching the sunset along the lighting of the city, feeling the breeze on your face and waves rippling across your feet, some romantic time with your partner enjoying very delicious Golgappas, Chat masala, Bhelpuri, Ragda pattis, Dahi puri, Faluda, Kala Khatta gola and a long list of food items can ensure you the best time with your partner.How to reach: This beach can be reached from Andheri, Vile Parle, Santa Cruz west railway station. From here, you can take an auto or local bus to Juhu beach.Timings: The beach stays pretty crowded throughout the day. If you want to ditch the crowds, go to these beaches early morning to catch a glimpse of the beach at its best!6. Nariman Point
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124 Kms from Mumbai
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Called the Oxford of the East, Pune is a bubbling cosmopolitan city. A large student hub, this city loves art, culture and theatre. The Sahyadri hill range of the Western Ghats makes this destination ideal for hiking and wildlife spotting. A shower of rain brings the city alive. The Agha Khan Palace of Pune is a sprawling complex with emerald green gardens and sprawling lawns, perfect for a casual stroll. The Shaniwarwada is an ancient structure built by the Peshwas and the ruins of this marvellous architecture can still be seen in the city. Dedicated to the brave hearts of the Indian Army, the National War Museum is a popular tourist destination and houses militia paraphernalia. Those interested in meditation can get day passes from the Osho International Meditation Resort, which is very popular with tourists. Handcrafted beer, baked goodies at the Kayani Bakery on East Street and eateries such as Touche the Sizzler, Malaka Spice and Dario's will complete your trip here. Read More
The plan was again for Andaman and Nicobar islands , but because it so seemed a far cry , we were obliged to drop the ‘An’ from Andaman.The same group as last time , almost . Just that this time , in the place of the non-kafir , we had Prat amongst us. The packing was done , the bookings were done. Our itinerary was supposed to be of a three-day trip : First travel to Daman , then to Diu (which is a fifteen-hour bus journey from Daman) , back to Daman , a detour to Udvada , the small ghost town of Parsis (Zoroastrians) where a fire has been burning at Atash Behram for more than a thousand years ! without any seventh-year itches , or thousand-and-one-year itches , and then back to home.I had even drawn a customized map , carefully noting the distances and time between the spots we had planned to visit.We were just one day away from the impending journey , and this is where things went awry – violent showers showed up at Daman and Diu.While planning the journey , we had carefully picked up the dates with the brightest , immaculate sun shining on the website portal. Nevertheless, the website defied us – Weather went south !Nonetheless , the following night , a pack of six foolhardy youths sneaked out of their college periphery (owing to lack of permission) and set out to set the Thames on fire ! or the Arabian sea , or… hell! the Gulf of Cambay on fire !!!
We started off at Pune , all set for Aurangabad , sneaked out of the college at 8 pm pretending to be going for random chores , because the college won’t allow us to leave. Once out, we set off for the railway station and boarded a train to Aurangabad.Once in Aurangabad , we right away started our journey after a few samosas on a booked brand new Innova.It was drizzling and the pristine grasslands , hills and forests on the way made the scene even more picturesque. After an hour of travelling, we halted at a petrol pump to pour some fluid into the car and in turn , empty out some of our fluid. But were confronted by a harsh dilemma. There was just a ladies toilet available ( so are men just supposed to pee around wetting random bushes? ) which led us to hold our urges a little longer . However ,N2 and N3 , antiblack and notsowhite , loose cannons that they were , couldn’t keep up and surrendered in the face of their more faithful callings. They peed in the ladies toilet , and that too, in the wash basin , because they didn’t have sound comprehension about how to use the female facility ( how could we possibly have known? Given our decorum of not sneaking into the lady facilities so often).
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It was a long time we went with family for an outing. I and Arriesh's family were planning to visit a place which would be relaxing and close to nature. Being the nearest beach from Pune, we finalized Alibaug. We hired a cab and started from Pune at 7:00 AM in the morning.
Day 55, I reluctantly headed home to Pune. I Caught a midnight train from Arrah station and 30 hours later I was back home. Everything had remained the same, I had changed...
Just same excited as July 2016 Ladakh trip. Last year we did, yeah "us" did the Ladakh Expedition and now we were all set for Spiti. Let me just brief you how we came up with Spiti. Being naive Himalayan tamers we did Ladakh in 2016 and due to Kashmir curfews we needed to skip Srinagar, Kargil and Nubra from our itinerary. Here you can have complete lookup over my "Ladakh 2016 - Cursing The Kashmir Curfew". Eager to go Kargil Memorial, Nubra Valley and Pangong again :) but fate destroyed my wishes. Srinagar got shut down again and transport offices were closed. No other option than to go via Manali was left with us. We re-planned from Manali and skipped Srinagar from the plan. And whoa, now spending around 40k just to see one new place ( Nubra ) was not a good deal. That was the time when I decided for solo Ladakh. But Neha ( One of my colleagues ) keep on suggesting Spiti and she sent me pics of Kalpa Valley [ Suicide Point ] and yeah it triggered me and Anya; Within seconds Spiti plan was on. In 2 days read all blogs and made a custom plan of my own. Yayy, Spiti Baby. Well getting back to us, we 3 are still the same, myself "Azee" riding on my babe Honda Stunner CBF, my school friend "Anya" with his beast Honda Unicorn & "Gaurav" our best buddy with the Street King Yamaha FZS. We added 3 new riders, first timers, my cousin "Sujit" and Anya's 2 college mates "Kavya" and "Purvesh" on Simla rented Classic 350 & Electra respectively. 17th June 2017 00:40AM flight PNQ - IXC to reach at 08:30AM. Now lets hit the roads.Packed Bikes, Ready For Transport >>
Where & When?10th of September 2017 at the Finkick Adventures SCUBA Diving Center, Divisional Sports Complex Swimming Pool, Yerawada, Pune.Who can attend?Age 10+, non swimmers welcomed, no upper limit but if over 45 yrs of age, will need a signed medical certificateHow much does it Cost?There are limited tickets available, only 200 diver and 500 visitor. A visitor pass is priced at INR 100, early bird full cover passes are at INR 1950, increasing to INR 2850 post 28th August. (Get passes)What do you need to carry?Your own towel, swimming costume and loads of enthusiasm!What’s special for a certified diver attending?Certified Divers can participate in a full underwater obstacle course and a free-diving course. Try holding your breath and taking a dive without a tank!More info on the EVENT PAGE!
151 Kms from Mumbai
Best time to visit - January,February,March,July,August,September,October,November,December
Famous for its many temples and ghats, Nashik is one of the holiest cities in India. And for those looking for something more, there are the Sula Vineyards to explore. The eventful history of Nasik is evident in its various forts, including Harihar Fort and Ramshej Fort, that are sprinkled all over the city. The Sita Gufa or the Cave of Sita is believed to be the spot from where Goddess Sita was abducted by Ravana, while Panchvati is believed to be the asylum of Lord Rama during his exile. The Timbakeshwar Temple of Nasik is as much an architectural masterpiece as it is a religious centre. Carved intricately, this much-celebrated temple is perched on top of the Brahmagiri hills. Indulge your senses at the Sula Vineyards, which offer an insightful and entertaining tour that offers information on wine manufacturing and a chance for wine tasting. Nasik offers an impressive assortment of Maharashtrian food that is lightly influenced by the neighbouring states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Popular restaurants include Barbeque Ville Veg Aroma and Aster The Coffee Shop. For accommodation, Nashik has options in all segments – budget, mid-range and luxury hotels. Read More
Located on the banks of river Godavari, this city is home to the famous Kumbh Mela organised every 12 years. Despite being spiritually relevant, the place is perfect for a short break. The waterfalls and vineyards are great stress relievers. The Sula wine industry has blossomed here over the years. A visit to one of the vineyards could be quite relaxing. A journey to Nasik will definitely be worth your while.Distance from Ahmadabad - 475 KmWhether you’re looking for a weekend of fun or just plain relaxation, list offers the best places to visit near ahmedabad within 500 kms. Their close proximity to the city make them popular local getaways. A two-day weekend is enough to take in the sights and sounds. It saves you time and money. All you need to do is settle on a destination and then hit the road. Take the time out to pamper your senses and enjoy some alone time. It not only relaxes you, but makes you appreciate life. You might not get to visit all these place near Ahmedabad for a perfect short trip. However, you can always try to take mini vacations every once in a while. It will be well worth it.
69 Kms from Mumbai
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
A modern-day resort town, the hill station of Lonavala is around 106km from Mumbai. It makes for a great weekend getaway from Pune as well, if staying at luxury hotels, spending time with family at a massive waterpark, roaming the halls of a wax museum and go-carting sound like fun to you. If you are here during the monsoons, do check out the many gurgling waterfalls. You can even drive or take a local bus to the fascinating Karla and Bhaja Caves nearby. But if you would rather do nothing, then driving aimlessly through the green Sahyadri ranges all day, while stopping for the locally-made chikki candy is also a good way of indulging in tourism in Lonavala. There are even some yoga retreats that you can check into for some professionally-guided relaxation. If you have more time, you can combine a trip to Lonavala with a visit to the popular Lohagad and Visapur forts, located in Khandala. Read More
Day 1 : Bike Ride to Lonavala & KhandalaMy friends decided we'll go to Karla Caves, Lonavala and Khandala on bikes. Yes on bikes! We have 3 Bikes and 5 people, So we started in morning at around 8 it was cloudy and seemed like it might rain. Just in 10 minutes we were on the highway and it started raining, I was spell bound by the blows of morning breezes I wished I had the power to freeze time. We stopped at a dhaba to have breakfast and tea best part of the bike trip is we can stop anywhere we wanted to.Our first destination is Karla Caves and we reached there after 2 hours of bike ride. Carved into a rocky hillside, Karla caves are among the oldest Buddhist cave shrines in India. It is located on the Pune-Mumbai highway at Karla.
अगर आप मुंबई में रहते हैं तो आपके लिए मानसून में जाने वाली सबसे बढ़िया जगह है लोनावाला! मानसून की शुरुआत के साथ सह्याद्री पर्वत श्रृंखलाएं और हरे घाट, झरने और सुखद जलवायु और आकर्षक हो जातें हैं। शहर की हलचल से शीघ्र बचने के लिए विलक्षण पर्वतीय शहर लोनावाला की यात्रा की योजना बनाएं।कैसे पहुंचे - लोनावला में अपना एक रेलवे स्टेशन है जहां पुणे और मुंबई से काफी गाड़ियां रोज़ आती हैं | सबसे पास एयरपोर्ट है पुणे में, जो वहाँ से 60 किलोमीटर दूर है | और आप अगर मुंबई या पुणे से आ रहे हैं तो अपनी कार से भी आ सकते हैं, केवल डेढ़ घंटे का रास्ता है दोनों शहरों से |कहाँ रहें - होटल ग्रैंड विसवा में आप हर सुख सुविधा केवल 3,000 रुपये में पा सकते हैं | आप चाहें तो ये आप अभी ही ये होटल बुक कर सकते हैं बिना पैसे दिए, यहां क्लिक करें |2. उदयपुर
I feel envious towards those who are born and brought up near hills. I’m fond of online personality tests and whenever I’m asked if I prefer hills to beaches, I always give a positive answer. Although beaches are romantic, I find solace in less crowdy places and that is why I prefer hills. Every time I visited my boyfriend, who is now my husband, we went on bike rides to the hills near Pune. Lonavala is one such places that still fills my heart with ebullience.It had been drizzling all day and to rejoice the generosity of the weather, we decided to go on a ride to Lonavala. The breathtaking valleys, coy mist, silvery skies transforming each second, prancing clouds, and lush green blanket of curly grass blew my mind. The road to the marvellous Tiger point was full of many hairpin curves and the mist was so dense that one could hardly say if the two headlights coming from the front were of a car or two different motorbikes. The trees on the road were bent as if they were doing it deliberately to hear the harmonious music of the wind.We reached the Tiger point. The place got its name as it gives impression of a tiger trying to leap across the valley. There was a small waterfall formed due to rain and the notorious mist was hiding it from it after every fifteen seconds as if it was a secret treasure. Yes, there was crowd, but it didn’t matter either. Thanks to the mist! We roamed around the place, the mist decreased suddenly, and I found a ravine nearby. It was so deep that most of the day it must have remained in shadow. Over it, a narrow path twisted its way down through the tress, over an open ridge where Sahyadri flora in varied hues grew wild, and then steeply down through a tangle of slender bamboo. I was about to call it heaven as the mist took the scene away from my eyes, and I was left illusioned as if I had been drugged.Visiting Lonavala and not tasting its delicious corn pakoras is like being in Switzerland and not tasting its cheese. The tempting fragrance of yummy pakoras with onion chutney is something that amplifies one’s hunger. The pakoras should be followed by a kulhad of hot coffee- so thick that if you don’t wipe your mouth after having it, you will be left with a crusty, brown moustache. To dig deep into the ocean of hillside cuisines, we also tried roasted corn with green pudina chutney peppered over it.It was around 6 o’clock when we decided to leave. The orange-purple Sun was peeping out from the grey clouds, and the city below was becoming alive with all electric lights. We could hear the leaves of the trees rustling and indicating that it was time to rest. The birds were going back to their nests with some savoury gifts in their beaks for their little ones, and we too returned with imperishable memories of the wedding of hills with clouds in Lonavala.
Route B: The second trail begins from Lonavala and crosses the Tungarali Dam to reach the Rajmachi Village. This is a 15km long straight road, where you can easily take a vehicle. However, cars can only go up to a certain point till a diversion comes. There is a place where you can park your vehicle at the diversion and from here the last one kilometre needs to be covered on foot.How to plan it: If you start your trek from Lonavala, you do not need more than a day to reach the fort and make your way back to Lonavala.Distance: 15kmWhere to stayKajrat:
We caught the train and started our journey. We reached Lonavala around 10.30 in the morning and hired cab to reach the Heritage Villa. On our way we stopped for breakfast and had mouthwatering spicy vada-pav and adrakwali chai. What a relief from hectic journey. Our villa provides the excellent view and surrounded by Mountains and Lush Greenery. After spending some time, we booked the cab and the journey begins.Tiger Point: This point resembles the shape of tiger. Hills were completely surrounded with the fog, which gives the spectacular view. A small waterfall makes the scene picture perfect. This exotic location beauty was just spellbound.Loin’s Point: Next to tiger point, this place is situated. The The hills and mountains get carpeted with lush greenery, clouds overflow the hills and cool breeze make the view is heavenly beautiful.Bhusi Dam: This dam was the jewel of our trip. The dam overflow with sparkling water and foggy weather and scenic waterfall makes you to fall in love with Lonavala. Indeed this place is the best hangout place with friends, and enjoys the water fun, but as its slippery steps and inconsistent water flow, you need to be very careful.Karla Caves: This is the house of the Buddhist shrines with ancient rock-cut caves. The place is very peaceful and architectural perfect. Most of the stupas are simply built and bare but some contain carvings on the top. Timing for visit is 9 AM to 5.30 PM and entry fee is 5/-Bhaja Caves: Located in Karla caves and display the sculpture of a prince in a chariot, dancing couple, an armed warrior and a prince seated on an elephant and much more. Small waterfall again makes the scene astonishingly beautiful.The caves are high up in the mountain and you need to climb up the stairs and many stalls are situated on your way. The beauty of Western Ghats is breathtakingly glorious.Celebrity Wax Museum: this was our last destination for the day. As name suggests some big celebrities, like Asha Bhosley, Rabindra Nath Tagore, Swami Vivekanand, Mr. Beans, Shaktiman, was statues are there. A good place to click photographs with all the celebrities and these statues will look original in some point. Timing for visit is 9 AM to 9.30 PM and entry fee is 100/-Our Day 1 journey ended and we came back to our villa, we packed variety of tasty roasted and grilled chicken and enjoy our dinner in balcony which is the best part of the villa. Good thing is loud music is allowed and we enjoyed a lot.
This hill resort offers a refreshing change of scenery. Just a three hour road trip from Mumbai it is a popular weekend getaway abuzz with adventuresome activities from trekking, camping and waterfall rappelling. Monsoon is the best time to see this hill station come alive. A place made very popular by Bollywood is Khandala and Lonavla, twin hill resorts that are about 93 kilometres away from the city along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. These two places stand 5 kilometres apart from each other and offer one adventures like trekking, camping under the skies, tour’s of the various farm houses that dot the place and water rappelling. The Korigad Fort is a great monument that stands here and so are the caves, Bhaja, Lohgad, the Tiger’s leap and Karla. It would also be fun to get a glimpse of the Duke’s Nose, a cliff that resembles the nose of the Duke of Wellington and aptly named after him.Distance from Mumbai - 83 Kms
When the monsoons come, the best place to visit is just a two hour drive away. Lonavla is a paradise during this time of the year and is at a height of 2041 feet above the sea. This hill station is a wonderful place to get away for the weekend and spend a few days in quietness. Nestled in the Sahyadri Ranges, this getaway spot is ideal for those who wish to snooze undisturbed. If you a looking for a good picnic spot to spend the weekend with your family, you may want to consider this place that is just 66 kilometres along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. For trekkers, this place has a lot to offer you. Visit the hill called the ‘Duke’s Nose’ or cave like Bhaja and Bhedsa for an adventure that will thrill you. The best time to pay this place a visit would be from October through to the month of April. We have made things a lot easier for you by adding Lonavala on our list of tourist places to visit near Pune within 100 km. Try water rappelling at Durshet, visit a rice plantation or camp out at Maval, this place is filled with options for you.Distance from Pune: 66 Km
Last week, one of my friends who was visiting Mumbai asked for my recommendations on things to do in Mumbai, where to eat and places to stay at Lonavla.Mumbai has always dazzled everyone with its charm. The warmth and high spirits of the city is quiet enticing.Here is what to do in Mumbai if you are there for a day or two!
292 Kms from Mumbai
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The destination of the World Heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora caves where you find a new meaning of beauty, Aurangabad was named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The city is located at the banks of the Kham River and known as one of the most historically significant cities of Maharshtra. You will also find the best museums out here which include the three most important ones. These are the Sunehri Mahal Museum, University Museum and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum. apart from recieving all other modern facilities and amenities during your trip, you can laze away the afternoons in the beauty of the Bani Begum Gardens too. Read More
The vehicle took off and we set on our way chatting and frolicking , recording videos of ourselves and of the beaut environs of Aurangabad in the pleasant drizzle AND… of course , reminiscing over our old and new one-sided loved ones . The next stop was at a Motel about forty kms before Ajanta caves. Half of us freshened ourselves up , the other half didn’t feel like it. Notsowhite tried to take a dump twice , but to no avail.After at least three of us had relieved ourselves, we took a light breakfast , grabbed a few cans and took off again amid fun , frolic and raunchy remarks and slanders. Theslut , who was a boy. Since we were all boys , spent the journey taking the piss out of Bro. The non-kafir was the quiet and probably the maturest one. I had packed along two books, one of which was ‘the Satanic Verses’ , and throughout the trip , I managed to read no more than five pages.Finally , we arrived at the bus stop of Ajanta from where a shuttle bus would take us to the caves. We bought a few statuettes of supposedly ‘antique-stone’ (as per the seller) and then after taking along a few packets of chips and snacks and clicking a few pictures of the wondrous hills encompassing us , boarded the shuttle bus . It was a short and wavy journey through the hills and forests and was really a spectacle to behold.
We got down at Aurangabad at 8:30 am which was late as the train got delayed by 90 mins. we had our breakfast, rather I would say it was a brunch as we planned to make it till the base village, Salher wadi, without any food breaks by 3 pm and start the trek.We got into the bus at 11:00 am till Malegaon and as per the bus driver we could have reached there by 1:30 but again there was a delay and we only managed to reach Malegaon by 3 pm. Traveling in bus we weren't sure on when would we reach the base village so we decided to take the shared taxi till Satana and continue to base village from there. Thanks to our taxi driver, he agreed to drop us till Salher wadi at very nominal cost. Finally we reached the base village by 6 pm.
Before exploring Bombay we were at our friend’s place at Aurangabad, Maharashtra spending quality time with family. We had a chance to visit Ajanta. It’s a 2 hour drive from Aurangabad. A must visit if you are around Ajanta. It is a thousand years old cave and took around 700 years to construct. I would suggest reading up about Ajanta and then visiting the place rather than hiring a guide, which I did not find reliable. But yes they’ll show some interesting paintings, 3D effects and illusions inside the cave. Total there are 30 caves, only 26 are accessible the other four don’t have a way to get inside. It’ll take you around 3 hours to see all the caves.
As they say that happiness is along the journey not at the end of it, we were actually experiencing it in this road trip of Maharashtra. It was day 3 and we had to cover two more Jyotirlings which were Nagnath in Aundha and Vaijnath in Parli.We had an amazing Maharashtrian breakfast before we left.
Aurangabad is a bustling town (The world-heritage Ajanta and Ellora caves are a little distance away) and I could comfortably find a decent hotel (Hotel Karthiki) near the main bus stop. The hotel was cheap and pretty good for the tariff (Rs. 600 per night). I freshened up and then headed out to the main bus stop to figure out how to get to Lonar. Turns out Lonar wasn’t very much frequented by tourists and was more or less an off-beat destination. I guess researchers and geologists were the ones enamored by the place. So here was the deal with buses. Private buses leave at around 2.30 am to a place called Sultanpur which is about 15km from Lonar. Sultanpur lay enroute to Pune so all buses heading towards Pune might as well stop there on request. There are state transport buses from Aurangabad to Lonar as well but their availability is meager compared to the private buses. One can also take a state transport bus from Aurangabad to Jalna and then head off to Lonar. Jalna is around 100 kms from Lonar and the availability of buses to Lonar from Jalna is more than in Aurangabad. I weighed my options and decided to take a private bus at 2.30am to Sultanpur. Sultanpur is 135km from Aurangabad. The bus promptly did turn up at 2.30 am. It was an uneventful ride to Sultanpur. Reached Sultanpur at about 5.30am. Sultanpur operates private autos to Lonar Village. I parked myself in one of these and amidst “Baazigar” reached Lonar at 6.30am.
Aurangabad is a good place to visit if u love street food.... WE had street sandwich which I think not a single hi fi restaurant can make... WE tasted almost everything there which was available on the streets. There are few historical places but govt is not maintaining them so no one visit them.
This city is named after Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. It was called Fatehpur before it took its present name. This city is gateway to the World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora caves. Developed as a modern city, Aurangabad provides all comforts and modern facilities.
Arrive into Aurangabad on a morning flight. Transfer to your hotel and proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour of the Ajanta/ Ellora complex. Don't forget to take a torch- it'll come in handy inside the caves. Return to your hotel at your convenience. Overnight Aurangabad.
We spotted a rustic, vegetarian dhaba called ‘Deluxe Dhaba’ and attacked the food as soon it was served. Dal Tadka and Shev Bhaji, (a famous local Maharashtrian dish) was our nourishment for the night. After a few quick cups of tea, we set off again at a steady pace.
244 Kms from Mumbai
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
An integration of historic monuments and modern skyscrapers, Surat is a quaint town located along the banks of river Tapi. The ISKCON temple here, standing on an area of around 13,000 km, is frequented by devotees from all across the world. The Dutch Cemetery, Shahjahan's Fort, Parsi neighbourhood and colonial building are beautiful symbols of the history of this city. Dandi is a popular destination among tourists visiting Surat and is a place made famous by the Indian independence movement. When it comes to food, Surat offers lip-smacking Gujarati flavours, albeit only vegetarian. Popular eateries here include the Leonardo Ristorante Italiano, Jalaram Khichadi and Kansar Gujarati Thali. Accommodation here is easily available and sits well within in your budget. If you want more, travel to the Dumas Beach, which is located about 18km from the city. Read More
Day 5: Surat to Maliya, Ahmedabad 450 KmsAhmedabad was our next destination for stay before we reached Kutch. We stopped at Malliya for rest and the drive ahead to Kutch.Stay: GK Hotel, Maliya-Halvad Highway, Near Petrol Pump,, Malia, Gujarat 363670 Ph no: 7046009901/2/3
300 Kms from Mumbai
Best time to visit - February,March,April,May,June,July
Kolhapur, in Maharashtra, is a land of temples and regal palaces. The most revered of them is the Mahalaxmi Temple, which has a simple yet fascinating structure. Other temples here are the Temlabai temple, Jyotiba temple and the Bimkhambi Ganesh temple. The Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Museum, which was once the residence of the first Maharaja of the Maratha Empire, is a vivid display of artefacts representing the ancient history of the city. Take a walk through history at the Panhala Fort, which is an imposing fortification believed to have housed Chhatrapati Shivaji himself. Kolhapur is known for its spicy array of Maharashtrian food. Try some of the local delicacies at Padma Guest House, Waman Guest House and Parakh. Being a bustling tourist destination, Kolhapur has a lot to offer when it comes to lodging for all types of budget travellers. Don't forget to take back the local Kolhapuri Chappals, that make for lovely traditional footwear. Read More
Now the D Day arrived it was 1st of Dec and I was sitting in my office preparing powerpoint presentation for the client instead of our roadtrip and celebrating our anniversary with my wife . My wife availed the leave as she had informed all her colleagues that we are going for the roadtrip and if she will go offc everyone will ask what happened. She was angry too and we didn’t talked in the morningMe : Hello, Happy AnniversaryWife : So ??? Do your offc work ( I can feel the Angriness on the other side of phone )Me : Lets continue our tripWife : How ????Me : Will travel in Night , pack the bags and be ready . We will start the journey once I reach home from OffcWife : Is it possible ?Me: Yes we will start today and cut short the journeyWife: YipppieMe: Ok, I will reach home by 4 will start soonSomehow pleaded to my manager that I will leave a bit early and he agreed. Now the wait was killing. Once the clock strike 3 30 PM I left office and was at home. When reached home found that the luggage is full ( Thanks to my wife who travels very heavy ) .Now there is no time to repack bags so we started from Pune by 5 PM with a good pace in chilling winter reached Kolhapur by 11 PM. Time to take rest in a pre-booked hotelNow another jolt of hammer, we informed the hotel earlier that we will be doing card payment, thanks to demonetisation we had only INR 6000 of hard cash. He agreed upon that but once we reached Kolhapur found that his swiping machine was not working as the internet is down ( Thanks to NHAI fellow who cut the broadband line while digging) and also he didn’t had any Paytm account. We tried for Online Transfer also but we failed. Now with no option left, we paid 2k to him in hard cash.Now the biggest question “Shall we return to Pune as we have only INR 4000 left”. Wife said will decide tomorrow morning as it’s already too late
It is a historical place and has great temples too
The closest central place, to cover the spots, in Kolhapur one can visit Mahalakshmi Mandir, Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir, Shahu Place, Rankala Lake. Also you can visit famous Jyotiba temple which is hardly 26 Km from the place all places can be covered in 2 days span
From Kolhapur to Malvan it takes 5 hours. There are two routes to reach Malvan- via Gaganbawada ghat or via Radhanagri. We took the route via Radhanagri village. The road condition is good. But the route has lots of turns and swirls. We left from Kolhapur at 7.30am and reached Malvan at 1.30pm. On the way we stopped at Radhanagri for breakfast and at backwaters, a little ahead from Radhanagri near Anuradha village.
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